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Published: Fri, September 6, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Rust Belt Theater Company to present NEVERMORE

The Rust Belt Theater Company will present NEVERMORE!, an original musical by Robert Dennick Joki and Josh Taylor, based on the writing of Edgar Allan Poe. The show will take place Sept. 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21, each night at 8 p.m. The performance centers around the inmates of an insane asylum and intertwines more than twenty of Poe’s short stories and poems into the plot, juxtaposed with original music, and choreography by Marisa Zamary.

The cast includes Nicole Zayas, Kage Coven, Geri Dewitt, Taylor Jordyn, Hunter Thomas, Nicholas Forgac, JoEllen Jacob, Josh Taylor, David Cirelli, Marisa Zamary, Beth Farrow, Rachel Clifford, Starr McClure, Celena Coven and Robert Dennick Joki.

There will be a reception following the opening night performance. For reservations, call or text 330-507-2358. The Rust Belt Theater Company is located in the Calvin Center at 755 Mahoning Ave., just outside of downtown Youngstown. Parking is free.

Steak fry to be Sept. 14

The Society of St. Vincent De Paul and the Knights of Columbus will host the third annual steak fry on Sept. 14 from 2-8 p.m. at the Byzantine Center at the Grove. The event will include a steak dinner, music, draft beer, 50/50 raffle, a Chinese auction and more. The cost is $20. For tickets, call Brian Antal at 330-690-8435. The Byzantine Center is located at 3801 Shady Run Road in Youngstown.

Garden Forum Flower Show

There will be an autumn flower show on Sept. 21 from noon until 5 p.m. and Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. presented by the Garden Forum of Greater Youngstown at Fellows Riverside Gardens.

Join a digital scavenger hunt

Check in at Ford Nature Center to get a list of nature items to track down and document with a digital camera or phone. Everyone is welcome to the digital scavenger hunt, to be Sept. 29 at 2 p.m. This event is especially recommended for families with older children. Easy-moderate rating, miles are up to you.

Search for the pawpaw

The Metro Parks will host a search for the pawpaw Sept. 22 at 2 p.m. What is a pawpaw? Spend part of the first day of autumn with the Metro Parks and you will find out. Meet at Deerpath Trail off Hitchcock Road. The hike has a moderate rating of 1.5 miles.

Breakfast Botany set

Breakfast Botany: Maple will be Sept. 27 from 8:30-10 a.m. Start your morning with a brisk walk in the gardens. Return to the Garden Caf to enjoy a light breakfast and listen to interesting facts about trees. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens to register. The cost is $9 and $7 for FFRG members.

Learn gardening basics

Gardening Basics: Soils 101 will be Sept. 14 from 9:30-11 a.m. A healthy garden begins with healthy soil. Start from the ground up by learning the essentials of soil, how to amend your garden, and what living organisms you need to create the best underground ecosystem for your plants.

Call Fellows Riverside Gardens to register. The cost is $16 and $12 for FFRG members.

Hike with your mutt

Bring your canine companion and hike the trails of Yellow Creek Park on Sept. 8 at 10 a.m. The hike has an intermediate rating due to unpaved trails and some hills, and will cover 1.5 miles. Meet at Yellow Creek Park at the Wetmore Drive parking lot.

Construct botanical pottery

Botanical Pottery: Autumn Leaf Bowl will be Sept. 17 from 5:30-8 p.m. Lynn Cardwell will teach students to construct a clay bowl embossed with leaf patterns. The work will be glazed in autumn colors, fired and ready to take home approximately three to four weeks after the class.

Call Fellows Riverside Gardens to register. The cost is $39 (FFRG member $30)

Learn about tremendous trees

Tremendous Trees will be Sept. 28 from 1:30-3 p.m. at Fellows Riverside Gardens. In the class, children ages 6 and up will discuss the importance of trees and their uses, identify trees in the gardens and create their own tree field guide to take home. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens to register. The cost is $12, FFRG member is $10.

Bounding with butterflies

The Metro Parks will host Bounding with Butterflies Sept. 19 and 28 from 11 a.m. until noon at Fellows Riverside Garden. Children ages 3-5 will enjoy learning about and looking for butterflies, reading a story together and creating butterfly craft. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens to register. The cost is $12, FFRG member $10.

Autumn plant sale to be Sept. 28, 29

Fellows Riverside Gardens will host an autumn plant sale Sept. 28 and 29 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Ornamental cabbage, gourds, pumpkins, chrysanthemums, plus a large variety of spring blooming bulbs will be for sale. Call Fellows Riverside Garden for more information.

Farmers and chefs create tastings

Top local chefs will be paired with local farmers or producers, and together they will create delicious tastings from fresh, locally grown produce, meat and other products on Sept. 21 from 6:30-11 p.m.

Craft beer pairings, luscious desserts and the music of Gail George and Donkey Engine complete the evening. The event will be at the MetroParks Farm in Canfield. Reservations required. The cost is $50 per person.

Call the administrative office for more details.

Bird walks set

Join Certified Volunteer Naturalist Nancy Brundage on bird walks Sept. 21 and 28 at 9 a.m. Bring binoculars. Meet at Newport Wetlands. Easy rating, less than one mile.

Enjoy the sunset at the farm

This end of summer celebration will be at the MetroParks Farm on Sept. 14 from 5-8. Play old-fashioned games, visit with farm animals, explore a giant corn maze, sample cider and homemade apple butter and ride a wagon pulled by draft horses. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on while you enjoy roasted marshmallows and entertainment around the campfire. Call Ford Nature Center for details.

Audubon Society to host Judy Semroc

Audubon Society/Mahoning Valley has invited the public to “Birds, Bugs and Botany” Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. Judy Semroc, from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, will speak about where to look for birds based on their food preferences. The event will be at the Mill Creek MetroParks Farm on Route 46 in Canfield. All are welcome. For more information, call 1-888-846-8851.

ABWA meeting to be Sept. 10

The Mill Creek Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association will meet at 6 p.m. Sept. 10 at A La Cart Catering on Lisbon Street in Canfield. Austintown trustee Jim Davis will talk about construction of Penn National Gaming’s racino, set for completion in the township in 2014. The menu for the upcoming meeting is stuffed chicken breast, baked ham, Au gratin potatoes, California blend tossed salad and Hawaiian pineapple crunch for dessert, as well as coffee, tea and rolls. The cost is $17.75 per person and guests are welcome.

For reservations, call Shirley Pappagallo at 330-270-9779 or Jackie Fischio at 330-788-6634.

SOV to host blood drive

Shepherd of the Valley-Austintown, located at 5525 Silica Road, will host a blood drive Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Sponsored by Humility of Mary Health Partners. No appointment is necessary.

Join a loose knit group

All hands helping to “Warm Up America” are welcome on Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. until noon. Both experienced and anyone wanting to learn to knit or crochet can join. Donations of yarn and needles are appreciated. Registration is not necessary. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens for information.

Children’s nature hour set

Children’s Nature Hour: Busy Beavers will be Sept. 7 at 10 a.m. Children ages 3-6 are invited to join us to learn about the world’s largest and busiest rodent — the beaver.

Participants to meet on Smythe Island in Newport Wetlands for a story, craft and to look for beaver. Pre-registration/payment required at Ford Nature Center. Cost is $2 for residents and $3 for non-residents.

Farm tours available

Take a tractor-wagon ride through the MetroParks Farm every Sunday in September. Children can make a craft to take home. Visit the gift shop for closeout values. Suggested donations is $2/person or $5/family.

Audubon Society to host Judy Semroc

Audubon Society/Mahoning Valley has invited the public to “Birds, Bugs and Botany” Sept. 24 at 7 p.m.

Judy Semroc, from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, will speak about where to look for birds based on their food preferences.

The event will be at the Mill Creek MetroParks Farm on Route 46 in Canfield. All are welcome. For more information, call 1-888-846-8851.

Historical society hosts open house

The Mahoning Valley Historical Society is hosting a free Founders Day open house at the Arms Family Museum on Sept. 15 from 1-5 p.m., in celebration of the Society’s 138th anniversary. The museum will be open for tours, the education staff will have indoor and outdoor games and activities for all ages and executive director Bill Lawson will lead a historic walking tour of Wick Avenue at 1:30 p.m.

Refreshments, including Good Humor ice cream bars, will be available. For more information, call the Society at 330-743-2589 or visit www.mahoninghistory.org.

Play with an iPad

Children and parents have an opportunity to use the library’s iPad for a 20-minute session. Appointments are available Sept. 19 from 6-7 p.m. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for the librarian at the location you would like to visit. They will ask for the subject area you’d like to explore with your child. Registration and adult ID (valid license, state ID or library card) is required. For chuldren from age four to sixth grade. Child must be accompanied by an adult.

Enter contest to have dinner with author

Want to have dinner with New York Times bestselling young adult author Jay Asher? Give the library some reasons - 13 reasons, to be exact. Present your arguments in any format you wish - three winners will be selected to meet Jay, have dinner with him at the Poland library and receive an autographed copy of his award-winning novel, “Thirteen Reasons Why.” Contest runs from Sept. 1-30 and is open to teens in grades 7-12. Visit www.libraryvisit.org/13reasons or any library branch for complete contest rules and instructions.

Grab and go

The Austintown library invites children of all ages to make a craft to take home during library hours through the month of September.

Buzz about books at library

The Austintown library will host Page turners: Book Buzz on Sept. 18 from 6-7 p.m. Hear what others are reading and share your favorite read, or just come in and join the fun.

Kindle class set in Sept

Bring your Kindle to the Austintown library and the librarians will show you how to download eBooks from the Library’s Digital Catalog on their website Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. Space is limited. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for a specific library to register.

Austintown Friends meeting set

The Austintown Friends Program will be Sept. 23 at 10 a.m. at the Austintown library. The speakers for this program will be Heidi Daniel, library director, with a library update, and William Arnaut, head of security of the Canfield Fairgrounds presenting happenings and highlights of the Canfield Fair. Following the presentation will be a brief Friends meeting.

Give blood at the library

The Mahoning Chapter of the American Red Cross will sponsor a blood drive at the Austintown library Sept. 19 from 12:30-6:30 p.m. For appointments call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Class features Nook for newbies

Adults can bring your Nook to the Austintown library and the librarians will show you how to download eBooks from the Library’s Digital Catalog on their website on Sept. 24 at 6 p.m. Don’t forget your Adobe ID and email information. Space is limited. Call 330-744-8636 and ask for the branch by name to register. This program is for adults.

Teens ready for PS2sday

Play video games on the big screen in the meeting room of the Austintown library after school on Sept. 10, 17 and 24. This event is for teens in grades 7-12.

Gotta move storytime set

Children ages 2-5, accompanied by a caregiver, can join the Austintown library for a variety of musical and movement activities that appeal to the “young and restless,” stimulate brain development and motivate language learning every Thursday in September at 10 a.m. Adults and children, get ready to act out stories and rhymes, sing and dance, and talk and play.

Appy hour set for children

The Austintown library will host Appy Hour for children Sept. 25 from 6-7 p.m. This presentation on iPad apps is for an audience of school-age children, parents, teachers and other adults who have an interest in being introduced to learning apps for children in kindergarten through fourth-grade. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Library hosts fun for 4s and 5s

Join the Austintown library for developmentally-appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child (ages 4-5) become a successful reader every Wednesday in September at 11:30 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tales for toddlers set for Wednesdays

Join the Austintown library for developmentally-appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child (ages 2-3) become a successful reader every Wednesday in September at 10 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Babies and books set at library

Babies ages 6-23 months can join the Austintown library for developmentally-appropriate books, songs, rhymes, finger plays and other activities that will help your child become a successful reader every Tuesday in September at 10 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

SJIHM new lunch program

For the 2013-2014 school year, St. Joseph Immaculate Heart of Mary has announced that it will be offering free and reduced-price meals for students unable to pay the full price for meals or milk served under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast, After School Care Snack or Special Milk Program. Each school office and central office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party.

Fall festival set

Poland-Boardman Child Care Center, located at 1940 Boardman Poland Road, is hosting the second annual fall festival Sept. 21 from 1-5 p.m.

The festival will include food, games, a bounce-around, crafts, fire trucks.

First Night Youngstown seeks event staffers

First Night Youngstown is seeking event staffers to handle duties at venues on Dec. 31. Event staff will receive a small monetary stipend. A mandatory training will be in November. Shift start times will vary depending on the venue, but none will end later than 10 p.m., giving staff an opportunity to enjoy the remaining festivities and the fireworks.

If you are interested in being considered for an event staff position, email infofirstnightyoungstown@netzero.net or call 330-744-9966 to request an application. Applications are due by Aug. 31.

Trunk and book sale to be Sept. 14

Immaculate Heart of Mary will host it’s annual trunk and book sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 14 in the church parking lot, located at 4500 Norquest Blvd. in Austintown.

The cost is $10 per space and must be received by Aug. 31. Only 100 spaces are available. Homemade baked goods, food and beverages will be available.

For more information, call Dolly Anderson at 330-792-8355 or Rebecca Velasco at 330-799-7751.

Comedy show set

Raise the Woof, a stand up comedy show, will be Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. at Magic Tree Pub and Eatery. Tickets are $20 and proceeds benefit For the Dogs, a non-profit organization. The event will include an appetizer buffet, basket raffle and a 50/50.

For tickets call 330-310-2802. For more information visit www.woofraise.com.

Support group meeting to be Sept. 18

The Mahoning Valley Fibromyalgia Support Group will resume its monthly meetings on Sept. 18 by welcoming Dr Noah Erikson, Chiropractor. Dr Erikson believes in integrating traditional medical models to include complementary and alternative medicines and to treat each case individually.

The meeting is from 7-8:30 p.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church, located at 425 Crestview Drive in Boardman. All are welcome.

Salon offers free military haircuts

The Hour Spa and Salon, located at 5517 Mahoning Ave. in Austintown, will is sponsoring Cuts for Military Kids program. Through Sept. 30, school age children of the troops will receive a haircut free of charge. Any child up to and including seniors in high school will be eligible. Bring current military ID. Children under the age of 16 years old must bring a parent or legal guardian. For appointments, call 330-509-5033.

Arms Museum plans Christmas program

Plans for this year’s Memories of Christmas Past are underway at the Arms Family Museum. The Mahoning Valley Historical Society is looking to the Valley community for some help with this year’s display.

Highlights this year will be on local Valley traditions and will include family heirlooms, nativity collections, handmade cigar box doll houses and a large collection from John Garver, inventor of the locally produced Plakie twirler ornaments.

The society is looking for Christmas items related to downtown department stores. McKelveys, McCrorys, Higbees, Strouss-Hirshberg or any other downtown establishment are desirable. Items will be displayed on a short-term loan basis and will be returned to the owner after the exhibit closes in January.

Please email a description and picture of items to events@mahoninghistory.org or contact the Historical Society with any questions at 330-743-2589. Memories of Christmas Past opens on November 23 and runs through January 5, 2014.

Visit www.mahoninghistory.org for more details.

Sculpt with Pilates

Pilates Sculpt will be offered every Wednesday in September from 6-7 p.m. Join trainer Angela Lubonovich in using light hand weights to tone the body with emphasis on core strength and control. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens for information. Bring a mat, water (and two number weights if you have them). Cost is $10 per session; or use your Scenic Fitness Card.

Practice Yoga at the park

Yoga will be offered every Tuesday and Thursday in September from 9:30-11 a.m. and from 5:30-7 p.m. at Fellows Riverside Gardens. Join Marina Perdos in the mornings and Karres Cvetkovich in the evenings for a blend of energizing yoga styles. Students at all levels are welcome. Bring a mat and small blanket. Classes are outdoors weather permitting. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens for information. Cost is $10 per class; or use your Scenic Fitness Card.

Take T’ai Chi

T’ai Chi Step One will be offered every Wednesday in September from noon to 1 p.m. Ease stress, improve health and increase vitality. Join Marie Lew in warm-ups, breathing exercises and selected movements from a classic Chen T’ai Chi form. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens for information. The cost is $10 per class; or use your Scenic Fitness Card.

Participate in Pilates

Pilates basics will be taught every Monday in September from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Work on toning, shaping, core strength, alignment and breathing with fitness trainer Angela Lubonovich. Bring a mat and water. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens for information. Cost $10 per session; or use your Scenic Fitness Card.


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